The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Three years ago Madison Culver went missing at the age of five while looking for a Christmas tree with her family. Private investigator Naomi Cottle continues the investigation and believes that Madison's disappearance can only be the result of an abduction. Naomi's personal journey from foster child to adulthood parallels her search for Madison, and as her fears and sources of determination come to light, the narrative also dips into Madison's mind, allowing readers to experience her terrifying ordeal at the hands of her captor.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062659057
0062659057
Branch Call Number: Fiction Den
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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PJD
Oct 27, 2017

It was good but not great.

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jenwallace
Oct 20, 2017

This was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late to finish it last night! It is a bit disturbing, but so we ll written and engrossing. I love how the author weaved the story together and added the magical aspects to it. Highly recommend.

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LJAdrian
Oct 20, 2017

All of the previous praise and more! A haunting book; impossible to really describe. Definitely worth the read.

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 21, 2017

Survivor stories are my favorite. Add an outdoorsy element to it and I like it even more. I'm pretty stingy with my 5 star ratings but this was so good I couldn't put it down. Started it at breakfast and finished it by bed time. The horror of Madison being abducted and what she endures is counteracted by her hope, strength and will to survive. Naomi is a shining light with a gift for finding abducted children. I just loved her character. A little bit fragile herself from her own haunted past, but also strong and determined to help these lost children. I did not want this book to end. I hope there is a sequel following Naomi and Jerome as they look into Naomi's past.

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lola_jane
Sep 20, 2017

There is both beauty and evil in the world and Denfeld brings them together in this novel. This will not be for everyone - the subject matter is disturbing - but the lyrical writing, honest observations of the best and worst of human nature and the glimmer of light and hope keeps you reading.

debwalker Sep 17, 2017

A cannot put it downer. Every parent's worst nightmare and a survivor's mission to find the lost.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 11, 2017

I didn't enjoy this one as much as her previous novel, [book:The Enchanted|18090147], but it was still a well-written tale. I would describe this as more of a literary mystery/thriller, but it's not a nail-biter or fast-paced. There is a mystery in there, but it's just as much about learning about the main character, Naomi, the "Child Finder" and her mysterious past. Despite it not being fast-paced, it's still a quick read since it's only about 250 pages.

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darladoodles
Jul 19, 2017

A big thank you to Harper Collins for an advance copy of this exceptional book.

If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is a beautifully written book that reminds me of the lyrical fiction of Marilynne Robinson with the compelling story of Emma Donoghue's "Room."

As we see this story told from multiple points of view, we understand more fully the plight of the kidnapped, the kidnapper and the one who is trying to find the lost child while still trying to find herself. Little Madison has been missing for three years and we are given a glimpse of her life during those three years as we watch Naomi search in the Oregon wilderness. This is a book that haunts you long after you have finished reading it in all its splendor and hidden treasures. You savor it and suffer with the little girl. You struggle with Naomi as she learns more about herself while she searches for the missing. You are there in the snow and the trees, you are the lost, the monster, the tortured parents and the one searching. Through Denfield's writing you can live through this experience along with Naomi and Madison and even find some understanding of the monsters who prey on children. Denfield is able to present this tragic story to us in a way we can view without turning away in horror so that we can see the hope at the end. Highly receommended!

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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